Störlaut: a troubling noise, disturbingly loud, a sound of disruption – resisting the production of sense, subverting the harmonious process, dismembering apparatuses of order.
STÖRLAUT IS A VOCAL DANCE PERFORMANCE that commits itself to disharmony through a futuristic and speculative new interpretation of Valeska Gert’s Sound Dances. Valeska Gert, a Berlin grotesque dancer of the politically unstable 1920s, declared herself the first vocal dancer of the world. Her groundbreaking use of voice marked a tremendous shift in the representation and perception of the dancing body in “western” dance. Valeska Gert despised the mere reproduction of historical material as practiced by her contemporaries. How is it possible to weaponize her historic dances on the discursive battlefields of our own time? The current political climate of propaganda, post-truth and alternative facts, makes Gert’s methods and her approach to the act of voicing ever more relevant. The solo performance shares its space with the audience, taking part in a landscape of dissonance. Störlaut’s solo dance manipulates the use of the voice to the edge, questions the expression of an authentic self – shattering the holistic body. In the future the body will not make analogue sense – it moves in multiple directions at once. Jule Flierl separates body image and body sound through methods of dissociation and dislocation. Störlaut appropriates and mobilizes sound dance as a form capable of exploring non- and extra-verbal proclamation, as other forms of speech are failing. Jule Flierl completely absorbs her sound dances, roars, cackles, whimpers and squeaks, an articulation beyond today’s word capsules.
CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE Jule Flierl
DRAMATURGY: Luise Meier
STAGE DESIGN: Pauline Brun
SOUND ART: Sam Hertz
COSTUME: Lea Kieffer
LIGHT: David Eckelmann/Sandra Blatterer
PRODUCTION: Alexandra Wellensiek
A production by CharleroiDanses Brussels, Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis Paris, P-Bodies Festival Leipzig, Goethe Institut, Honululu Nantes, AdK Archiv Berlin, Kunsthaus KuLe Berlin, CND Paris, Zagreb Dance Center and SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by Fonds Transfabrik – Franco-German fund for the performing arts.
The performance of „Störlaut“ is supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.